The date for the postponed Quickplay evening has been fixed at Tuesday 2nd July. Please add this to your diaries!
This year’s AGM will take place on Tuesday 4th June. Please add this to your diaries.
A great night was had by around 30 members, past-members and their partners at the Crown. The annual prize giving took place with Stu D accepting the C-Team player of the year, Dave W the B-team and jointly Andrew M and Tony S the 1st team. The new ‘Derek Perks’ trophy was presented by his widow Barbara to jointly Andrew M and Tony S. There was also a special cake and presentations to founder members Ken F and Barry S. Ex-members who came along for the night included Brian Johnson and Michael McCumiskey.
Mercia lost in the final of the WDCL Pittaway Cup with an all round poor performance. Tony S lost early on quickly followed by Phil H who had dropped a pawing the opening. Dave H on bottom gave some hope of a revival but John P also got ground down. Mike S went a piece for a pawn down and should rightly have lost but in time trouble a draw was agreed. On top Andrew M went a clear pawn up and also a B for a N. He refused the repetitive check and went for a speculative sac. This left him still a pawn up but then after a Q exchange lost the pawn race to the eight and lost a clear win. Jon H agreed a draw having been a R for a B up but could not force the win. Similarly, Lee F looked in the better position but a draw was also given. A narrow loss of just an extra draw would have been enough. Congratulations go to Stourbridge who played the much better chess on the night. Matchcard will be here shortly.